December 11 Prayer
“O’Come thou wisdom from on high
And order all things far and nigh
Tell us the path of knowledge slow
And cause us in her ways to go.”
‘I, the Lord your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go, if only you would hearken to what I have told you….
Your life would have flowed full like a peaceful river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea….’ Isaiah 48:17-19
Hearken…. to listen, accept, observe and notice, welcome, long for and attend.
These are just a few synonyms to define the word hearken.
Think of your life and the times God was leading and you turned to go another way.
‘If only I could have ?
What if I would have ?
Then my life would have been as..
And I am now….’
All the ‘what if’s’ and ‘ if onlys’ can only hold you bound to this dry ground of stagnation.
God always offers an invitation into a flow.
Into a river that flows full of peace.
It requires an open spirit that listens and surrenders to the path that is good for us.
And then our ‘if onlys’ may become an ‘even though’ prayer.
Pause in surrender to the flow of his spirit within you now.
‘Even though I walk through the dark valley, You are with me.
Even though I have stumbled, fallen from my blunders and missed opportunities, I believe that You redeem everything.
Even though the waves crash and sea roars, and the earth crumbles, You are the Lord who has come to save us.
Even though we get caught up at times in the world of fear and frenzy we choose to hold firm to heaven’s ground.
We need not fear nor live in the past .
Come, Emmanuel, O Wisdom from on high,
bring order to the chaos and lead us in the right way to go.
Let your waves of blessings roll over your people in all places.
Those who are attending to the sick and dying,
bring to them your river of peace and strength today.
Hearken to the voice of the Lord,
Who bids us to come and listen, attend to his spirit within us.
Let the river of peace flow through you into the new day.
And let us raise our eyes heavenward and sing with the angels,
‘Glory to the newborn king.’
Emmanuel, Come, Lord Jesus.